2018-10-04 09:20:12 UTC
(and here http://etymologiebank.nl/trefwoord/bed)
is put in doubt a seeming relationship between germanic "bed" and other
IE words such as L. fodere (to dig), Celtic bedd, bez (grave), ...
Because at Germanic times people would since long have abandoned the
practice of sleeping in holes *dug* in the ground.
The linguistic relationship seems very reasonable and likely indeed, so,
couldn't one explain the "digging" purpose rather in the opposite way? I
mean, not with a view to making a *hole*, but rather to making a small
I find this very plausible:
a bed (of straw, blankets, ...) on a small mound of tamped earth,
a mound for a grave,
a flower bed on a mound of fertile soil,
a mound as a bank of a river bed...